I joined a walking tour courtesy of my friend Rachel from Sellwood Soap! (She gifted me a ticket!) I learned so many new things about my lovely new neighborhood and it’s layered history as a blue collar railroad and sawmill town!
Sellwood was originally settled around 1848 by the Luelling family who brought five hundred fruit trees with them in their trek. Later, John Sellwood purchased three hundred and twenty acres from the Luelling family. Eventually, the town of Sellwood was founded and named for John Sellwood.
Nearby was the sawmill, Pendleton Woolen Mill (still in business today in a different location), and the railroad. It’s currently under construction and will be until 2016.
Portland Rowing Club Entrance (originally located by the Morrison Bridge)
The house in the photograph below was moved from another location. It was a parish house for a local church. (I learned a lot of buildings and homes have been moved! Who knew that was a thing?) See the house below the picture of the photo to see it in it’s happy new locale.
We saw condominiums where the location of the former Mount Hood Brewery (which originally began as Wilherm’s Brewery in 1890.)
Our tour guide suggested that the house below may have been a Sears Roebuck mail order house, but she was unsure.
The red house below sits next to the private gold course which borders Clackamas county yet sits on the Multnomah county side. It also had been moved from its original location on the golf course grounds.
This was a beautiful garden hidden in a neighborhood.
There are railroad tracks in our neighborhood that are still occasionally used but were part of the original Interurban Train Line. The current Springwater Corridor Trail which is used by bikers and pedestrians sits on a former rail line running parallel to a current one.
Our lovely and incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who also writes for the local Sellwood Bee.
We walked past a building which served as a break room and place to hang out for rail workers.
A former boarding house.
There are many multi-family style houses left in the neighborhood which served as affordable housing during economic hard times. Not unlike ours.
Another former boarding house.
This house below and the house below it were built about fifteen years apart with the same plans. They sit in adjacent lots. I’m told we have a poet laureate living in one of them.
Mrs. Randall’s boarding house.
In the photo below, you can see this was a former transfer building. Below that you can see the original building now painted gray and purple.
The brick building which now houses The Bike Commuter formerly served as the City Hall building upstairs and the Sellwood Bank below.
Here’s a building which will be torn down soon. The Black Cat Tavern’s last day is Saturday. The land has been sold. Supposedly, the building is not in salvageable shape. It will be rebuilt as condos above with retail space below.
The building below is now the SMILE station which is the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League. It used to be the firehouse.
This building was a confectionery!
This building sits behind Gino’s but was originally situated on the corner.
I’ve wondered about this building for some time. It’s nestled in the neighborhood, but there is no sign on the exterior. Our guide said it used to be a church but now is The Sellwood Playhouse. Just opened in fact!
This last photo is of Oaks Pioneer Church. It was moved in 1960 from Milwaukee, Oregon. It was the 1851 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They moved it on a barge and floated it on the Willamette River. It is deconsecrated and is now used for weddings, memorials and family reunions.
There’s so much more to Sellwood, and this is just a small sampling of my neighborhood!
I’d also appreciate if I missed any information, or if you know of any that I have incorrect, if you’d let me know in the comments! Thanks!